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Benefits of Having Invisible Braces

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on August 23, 2016 , Comments Off on Benefits of Having Invisible Braces

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So you have finally decided to take the leap and get braces to help you straighten out your teeth! Now you are faced with the question of whether or not to get your standard braces or invisible braces. The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork can help you with this dilemma as well as all of your dental needs. We have noticed some benefits of having invisible braces and have listed them below to help you in making your decision.

 

Appearance

The most noticeable benefit of having invisible braces is their appearance. In fact, no one will really know you have them. While standard braces are very noticeable due to the fact you have large bits of metal in your mouth, invisible braces are made to make them unnoticeable. These factors are important for older teens and adults that may be self-conscious about having to have braces.

 

Comfort

Standard braces are known to cause pain and discomfort throughout their use. Invisible braces will be the most comfortable option for you. Not only will you avoid the pain of metal in your mouth, invisible braces are removable. This allows you to have the freedom to eat whatever you want. You also avoid the tedious process of adding and removing metal brackets and wires.

 

Safety

Invisible braces are known to be better for the safety of your mouth and your teeth. Metal braces tend to scratch or tear at your mouth during the duration of their treatment. Invisible braces are non-evasive and won’t cause damage to the interior of your mouth. Metal braces are also known to cause tooth-decay due to the inability to properly brush your teeth. Invisible braces can be removed for proper cleaning of your teeth.

 

Duration

Invisible braces have been proven to work faster and more efficiently than your standard metal braces. Metal braces can take up to five years to have full effect, depending on the severity of your situation. Most cases with invisible braces are solved within a year.

 

To find out if invisible braces are right for you, schedule an appointment when one of our experienced dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork. We specialize in a variety of dental procedures to give you the best care. We even have the ability to take care of your younger children as well. Call us today to find out more.

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Healing after a Dental Implant

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on July 20, 2016 , Comments Off on Healing after a Dental Implant

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With the expertise of the dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork the pain and healing time needed after receiving a dental implant has been cut down to a minimum. The dentist will give you some advice when it comes to the healing process. Make sure you follow the instructions very carefully. We have also providing you with some tips to help you throughout the healing process.

Bleeding

Bleeding may occur after the placement of your dental implant. To reduce bleeding gently and constantly bite down on a gauze pad for 30 minutes. Repeat if necessary. Sit upright to control the bleeding.

Swelling

While swelling is more common with surgeries involving a bone graft, you may experience some swelling with your implant. You can reduce the swelling by placing an ice-pack on your cheek in the area of the implant. The swelling should reduce within the first 48 hours.

Pain

Standard over the counter pain medications have been proven to be the most effective when it comes to dental implants. You should start taking the pain medications as soon as the anesthesia from the surgery wears off.

Everyday Activity

It is recommended that you keep physical activity to a minimum within the first few days after your surgery, especially the first day. Over doing it can cause unnecessary pain and bleeding. Walking and light physical activity is acceptable, but try to avoid bending over. If you notice an increase in bleeding or any throbbing around the implant, reduce your physical activity and rest.

Diet

Your diet will be restricted for a short time after your surgery. You will want to stick to eating soft foods and liquids. Avoid chewing around the implant sight for 3 to 5 days.

By following the directions from your dentist and adhering to the advice above, you will recover from your dental implant in no time. The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork have the expertise you can trust for any oral surgery you may need in the future. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

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Ways To Prevent Periodontal Disease

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on June 16, 2016 , Comments Off on Ways To Prevent Periodontal Disease

Everybody wants a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. Unfortunately, many adults currently suffer with periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease. Gum disease comes in a range of severities from gum inflammation to diseases that can result in permanent damage like loss of teeth.  The mixture of tartar and gingivitis coinciding in the mouth can cause periodontitis, which is when the gum becomes inflamed around the tooth. When that happens, the gums attempt to pull away from the tooth, and create pockets. Once the pockets get infected you are dealing with some serious dental problems. The good news is there are preventative measures you can take that will reduce your risk for periodontal disease.

Brush Your Teeth

This may seem like a given, but many people do not brush their teeth as they should. Dentist recommend brushing twice a day; in the morning and at night. Most people don’t have a problem with the morning brushing it is the after dinner, nighttime brushing. Brushing at nighttime helps to get rid of a lot of the bacteria your mouth has collected throughout the day. Many dentists also recommend brushing with a fluoride toothpaste.

Floss

Every time you go to the dentist they ask you if you have been flossing. This is a very important part of the process in getting the plaque, food, and bacteria from in between your teeth. Flossing gets in between places that toothbrush cannot get to. Floss is great for removing plaque, which is a part of the cause for more serious dental and health issues.

Go To the Dentist

Staying on top of your annual or semi-annual dentist appointments is imperative. You want to make sure your teeth are as healthy as they can be, and it takes a dentist to be thorough in their observation of your teeth. Besides, that is when you get a deep cleaning that goes beyond the typical daily routine.

No Smoking

As if you needed another reason to quit, it can cause gum disease. It is a horrible habit overall, and there are a multitude of reasons why every person needs to quit smoking. Taking care of your mouth and having healthy gums should be one of them.

Periodontal disease can be as painful as it can be sever.  Make sure you visit your Spanish Fork dentist so you can do all you can to ward off this terrible disease.

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Causes of Bad Breath

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on May 19, 2016 , Comments Off on Causes of Bad Breath

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One of the most dreaded issues when it comes to everyday contact is bad breath. It’s an embarrassing condition that can have a surprisingly significant impact upon your life if left untreated. At Roger’s Dentistry, we know how hard it can be to live with bad breath. That’s why we’ve decided to take the time to write about its causes! If you know what causes bad breath, you can adjust your habits accordingly to achieve better oral hygiene and banish bad breath for good!

 

Poor Dental Hygiene

How often do you brush your teeth? If your answer isn’t “at least two times a day”, we might have found the cause of your bad breath! The problem with failing to brush often enough or skipping flossing is that food debris only needs a little time to start to build up in your mouth. This food will then begin to breakdown, causing bad breath and plaque. If you’re still not convinced, eventually this plaque can lead to gum disease – and you really don’t want to deal with that! If you have bad breath, examining your oral hygiene habits should be the first thing you do.

 

Dry Mouth

Another big origin of bad breath is a condition commonly known as dry mouth. Just as brushing and flossing your teeth regularly helps to keep your mouth free from food debris and bacteria, your saliva helps keep your mouth clean, too. When you’re suffering from dry mouth, you’re not producing enough saliva to keep up with the mouth’s daily needs. This can lead to a build up of food and bacteria, leading to bad breath and even gum disease if left untreated. If you have unexplained dry mouth and can’t seem to shake it, contact your dentist for an examination right away.

 

Tonsil Stones

Tonsil stones are probably one of the more well-known causes of bad breath. Stemming from – you guessed it! – an accumulation of food particles and bacteria, tonsil stones are white orbs that form in your tonsils. They have a very distinctive odor and can form fairly easily in some people. They are generally visible if you use a flashlight or mirror and open your mouth wide. Removing the tonsil stones is a good way to help reduce bad breath.

 

As you can see, the root cause of bad breath is almost always food particles and bacteria stemming from poor oral hygiene. If you have bad breath and aren’t sure what to do, give your Spanish Fork Dentist, Roger’s Dentistry, a call today to see how we can help!

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Reasons to Consider Sedation Dentistry

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on April 25, 2016 , Comments Off on Reasons to Consider Sedation Dentistry

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Sedation dentistry is a relatively new option available for helping people get the dental care they need. Dentistry has been around for centuries, but the ability to be in a relaxed state while your dental work is done is something that has only been done for a few decades. It allows people who fear the dentist to get the dental care they need without the anxiety that can accompany sitting in that reclining chair. Here are a few things that sedation dentistry can offer.

Boosted Health from a Healthy Mouth

One of the things that some people do not realize is that you can do a lot of damage to your body by not having a clean mouth. They think that problems with their teeth remain in their mouth, but that is not true. With poor oral hygiene there are connections to higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, and infection all over the body. The bacteria that cause issues within the mouth can travel and make you sick, so you need to take care of your teeth and your gums. Having sedation dentistry can help to give you the healthy gums and teeth you need to have a healthy body.

Overcoming Dental Fears

Whether you fear the dentist because you have been hurt in the past or because you are nervous about the condition of your mouth currently, sedation dentistry can help. When you have sedation dentistry done, you can be calm and relaxed while the work is done. You are awake, but sleepy, during the procedure, and most experiences with sedation dentistry leave you with amnesia about the actual procedure that you had done. This means, you will be left with the positive results you need, and a good feeling about the process so you won’t be afraid to go back again in the future.

Sedation dentistry allows you to be comfortable with what the dentist is doing within your mouth. You do not have to be sidelined by anxiety or worry any longer. Get your mouth back to the healthy state you want and need, all without the downsides that have been holding you back. If you are looking for a dentist that can offer you sedation dentistry, turn to the experts at Rogers Center for Dentistry today!

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5 Tips to Help You Remember to Floss

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on March 16, 2016 , Comments Off on 5 Tips to Help You Remember to Floss

Flossing is extremely important when it comes to your overall dental health. Flossing helps remove plaque from between your teeth where it is hard to reach with your toothbrush. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day. Dr. Rogers is a dentist in Spanish Fork Utah who feels very strongly about his patients flossing everyday. Let’s face it though; we aren’t always the best at flossing everyday. We thought it would be helpful to come up with a list of creative tips to help all of us remember to floss.

1. We are a lot less likely to skip brushing our teeth. Our first tip is to tie some floss around your toothbrush. You will see it every time you brush and it will be an immediate reminder. You can do the same with your mouthwash bottle as well as a tongue brush if you use one. Seeing the floss on your toothbrush, mouthwash and tongue brush will be a great reminder to take the extra 1-2 minutes to floss and remove the plaque build up.

2. Set a daily reminder on your phone. There is probably nothing more inseparable from us than our phones. You always have your phone with you so why not use it to help you remember to floss everyday? Set a reminder alert on your calendar app or set a daily alarm at around the time you usually brush your teeth at night. Most of us have different brushing times on the weekend vs the week day so set your alarm times accordingly and before long this alarm may help you form a lifelong habit of daily flossing.

3. Post reminders. The best place would be on your mirror but you may find that your tired and dreary eyes ignore that area of the mirror, as they just want to shut and go to sleep. This may be a little bit gross, but if you’re really struggling with your flossing you might want to tape a picture of a mouth with major tooth decay as motivation. That might get those eyes to open wide for another few minutes.

4. Floss in the shower or bath. Who said you had to floss at night, right before bed? Not this Spanish Fork dentist! If you are struggling to floss on a daily basis, try combining it with your daily shower or bath. Just keep the floss somewhere where you’ll see it and pretty soon it will become a new part of our showering or bathing routine.

5. Track your flossing and reward yourself. Set a goal to floss one week straight and then find something fun to reward your self with. Then up the goal to 30 straight days with a bigger reward. Our guess is that once you get to 30 straight days, the habit will be strongly formed and you’ll never look back.

We hope these tips help you improve your flossing habits. We have seen far too many patients who haven’t been flossing and end up paying for it with tartar buildup and cavities. Make it a daily habit.

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How to Clean your Dentures

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on February 25, 2016 , Comments Off on How to Clean your Dentures

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If you find yourself in the need for Dentures, you can trust the Dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork to provide you with excellent service regarding your needs. After our experienced Dentists have provided you with the perfect set of dentures you will want to make sure you are taking the proper steps to caring for your new dentures. Below are some cleaning tips to follow to make sure your dentures last.

Protect

Dentures are sensitive and can break easily. This means you will need to take the proper precautions when cleaning your dentures. Lay down a towel or fill your sink with water just in case you do drop your dentures. This way your dentures will be cushioned in case of a fall and the attachments and plastic on your dentures won’t get damaged.

Rinse First

Before you start thoroughly cleaning your dentures you will want to make sure there aren’t any remaining food particles. Rinse them under warm water to remove any large particles of food.

Brushing Thoroughly

Just like teeth, dentures can gather plaque and bacteria. That is why it is so important to brush and soak your dentures every day. Daily brushing will remove the plaque and bacteria that has formed as well as food particles and stains.  To correctly brush your dentures use a soft bristled tooth brush and denture cleaner. Make sure to brush all areas of your dentures including the grooves in which you apply your denture adhesive.

Soak

Dentures need to remain moist in order for them to keep their shape. Soak your dentures overnight in warm water and denture-soaking solution. The denture-soaking solution gently fizzes and cleans your dentures for a few minutes or overnight depending on the soaking solution.

Rinse Again

After soaking your dentures you will need to rinse off any remaining denture-soaking solution before putting them back in your mouth. The denture-soaking solution is not made for human consumption and can be harmful to your health if chewed or swallowed.

Maintain

To keep your dentures in pristine condition you will need to see your dentist regularly to have them maintained. Follow the above cleaning steps and keep your dentist appointments and you are sure to keep those dentures in tip top shape.

The Dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork pride themselves in helping you to achieve that perfect smile. We can provide you with dentures, teeth whitening, implants, and general cleanings. Call us today to make an appointment so we can get you closer to having the smile you have always wanted.

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How to Heal Faster after Wisdom Teeth Extraction

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on January 29, 2016 , Comments Off on How to Heal Faster after Wisdom Teeth Extraction

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The best way to recover from wisdom teeth surgery is to follow your oral surgeon’s instructions religiously. Not following the oral surgeon’s orders can result in a painful recovery, including getting a dry socket. The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah want to provide you with the best results when getting your wisdom teeth removed. Below are some little known tips to speed up the healing process after having your wisdom teeth removed.

 

Keep your Head Elevated

To speed up the healing process you can keep your head elevated for 3 days at a 45 degree angle. This will help you recover faster from wisdom teeth surgery because blood vessel tone and blood volume near the wound change when lying flat, which can make the wound throb.

 

Ice

Ice the cheek closet to the extraction area for 24 hours. This will provide some relief from the pain and help you to heal a little faster. Never apply heat to the area.

 

Dry Mouth

Don’t let your mouth dry out. As with any surgical wound you will need to keep the area moist so it can heal correctly. If you breathe through your mouth it would be wise to get an oral cavity moisturizer to keep the moist and allow for optimum healing.

 

Massage

Because the dentist had your mouth open for so long during the extraction of your wisdom teeth you jaw is likely to be very soar, causing additional and unnecessary pain. Massage the area of your jaw joint, just place your fingers just before the opening of each ear if you are having trouble finding where to massage. This will alleviate some pain and help you to heal just that much faster.

 

Drink Coconut Water

Drinking ice cold coconut water can give you the electrolytes you need for healing. The electrolytes will help to keep your blood sugar stable while you are unable to eat solid foods for the next few days.

 

Anything you can do to speed up the healing process after a wisdom tooth extraction should be approved by your dentist. It is important to follow any and all instructions given to you before and after the procedure so you may heal properly. The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah care about your health and well-being. You can trust us to give you the best care when it comes to your dental needs. Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our dentists today.

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Foods that Stain

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on December 29, 2015 , Comments Off on Foods that Stain

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Nothing is worse than seeing your once bright smile seem dim and dingy. The culprit may in fact be the foods you are eating. There are a variety of foods that most of us consume on a daily basis that will stain our teeth and ultimately ruin our once bright smiles. While Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork offers teeth whitening by experienced and knowledgeable dentists, we recommend you try and stay away from the foods listed below as much as possible.

  • Black Coffee. While this caffeine boost is often a “necessity” in most people’s lives, it can cause your white smile to dim. It is said that adding cream or milk to your coffee may help to prevent staining.
  • While wine can be beneficial to your health in various aspects it also contains polyphenols that cause tooth staining. The alcohol within your wine will also cause damage to your teeth due to the acidity that will wear away your tooth enamel. To help prevent staining or erosion, rinse out your mouth with water soon after drinking wine.
  • Cola Drinks. These sugary drinks are often the worst for your teeth. While they are bound to stain your teeth they also cause tooth decay and enamel erosion. Drinking cold cola drinks cause even more damage as the cold makes the enamel in your teeth very porous and vulnerable to staining. If you must drink cola drinks try and do so through a straw.
  • These yummy summertime treats are often the worst when it comes to staining your teeth. The dyes used in popsicles tend to stain not only your lips but your mouth as well. The cold Popsicle also causes your tooth enamel to become very porous and more vulnerable to staining.
  • Soy Sauce. This sauce has a tendency to actually stick to your teeth. Its dark pigment will cause staining to your once pearly whites. If you have to partake of this sauce on your sushi, rinse out your mouth with water after consuming.
  • Tomato Sauce. This sauce is known to be highly acidic. Acidic foods cause the enamel on your teeth to become weak and more susceptible to stains. By eating a foods such as spinach before consuming tomato sauce, you can provide a protective layer on your enamel against the acidity.

While you can’t avoid all of these foods, there are ways you can prevent ruining your beautiful smile. Visiting one of our highly skilled dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork will help to keep those pesky stains off of your teeth. For more information about teeth whitening and the other dental services we provide, call one of our friendly customer service associates today.

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Getting your Kids Excited to Brush

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on November 30, 2015 , Comments Off on Getting your Kids Excited to Brush

The importance of dental hygiene should be taught at a young age. If they develop a good dental hygiene routine when they are young they are more likely to keep up the habit as they grow older. Rogers Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork wants to help you in getting your kids excited about taking care of their teeth by following these tips and tricks.

 

The Toothbrush

A boring adult toothbrush will not do to properly brush your kid’s teeth, or get them excited about brushing. Today we have a variety of fun characters available in the perfect size for our child to brush their teeth with. Having them pick out the toothbrush with their favorite character will encourage them to use their toothbrush more often.

 

Story Time

Children have vast imaginations. Play with their imagination and incorporate healthy dental hygiene practices into a story. Be creative and have interesting characters encounter evil germs that your child has to help the hero of the story get rid of. Kids love getting involved in a fun and creative way. This can be done with any necessary hygiene routine.

 

Make it a Game

This also goes along with the story idea. You can make brushing your teeth a game. Make them bets or have races. When doing this make sure they are still brushing properly! One example is by having them brush their teeth with you. Whoever can brush their teeth better and make them really white and sparkly will win the prize! Anything to help get your child motivated will work.

 

Rewards

Setting up a rewards system will help your child acquire the habit of brushing regularly. You can create a daily and weekly chart to help them remember when to brush their teeth. After having completed a certain amount of successful teeth brushings they can receive a reward. This works for older children who have the right idea and technique with brushing, but just lack the motivation to do it as often as they need to without being reminded.

 

Having proper dental hygiene starts at a young age. These tips and tricks will help you to get your little one on the right path. Rogers Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork can help you ensure your child’s perfect smile with our early dental care. Please call us today to set up an appointment or to ask any further questions on how we can help you in all of your dentistry needs.

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